Free Bega Valley ewaste weekend

Category : Dropzone, Media Release

The Bega Valley community will be able to declutter next weekend as part of a national initiative to keep electronic waste out of landfill.

Drop Zone by MRI E-cycle Solutions and Cleanaway, in association with Bega Valley Shire Council, are accepting e-waste at Bermagui, Eden and Merimbula tips for one weekend only (May 26 and 27). Individuals and businesses can also drop their e-waste at Cleanaway in Kerrisons Lane, Bega on Monday (May 28).

More than 95% of e-waste from the initiative is recycled, and none of the collected items are resold or remarketed.

Eligible items are:

  • Computers
  • CRT/LCD Monitors
  • Keyboards/Mouse
  • Printers/Scanners/Fax Machines
  • All Electrical Cables
  • Televisions
  • Projectors
  • Network equipment
  • Modems
  • Hubs/Routers/Switches
  • Communication Modules
  • Communication Racks
  • PABX

Chief Executive Officer of Drop Zone, Rose Read said e-waste contained materials that should be recovered and used to manufacture new products.

“Sending e-waste to landfill is not only a waste of scarce resources, it can potentially harm the environment and human health where hazardous substances like lead or cadmium may leach into waterways if not disposed of safely and correctly,” she said.

“By using the free Drop Zone service at Bega Valley council sites and depots, residents can help ensure that the materials in their obsolete electronics will be recovered and recycled. This is a great outcome for the community and the environment.”

Bega Council waste management coordinator Joley Reeve said it was the second year the free e-waste disposal initiative had come to the Bega Valley.

“It’s a great opportunity to get rid of any old and broken e-waste you’ve been wanting to get rid of,” she said. “Last year a lot of people took advantage of this opportunity and based on the response so far, we think we’ll get even more this year. It’s fantastic to keep all this out of our landfill and we appreciate that the Bega Valley is included in this national initiative.”

Drop Zone by MRI is an industry funded and Federal Government approved service under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme that ensures all products collected are recycled to the Australia Standard AS/NZ 5377. It is funded by companies including Lenovo, Acer, Officeworks and Panasonic who import televisions and computers into Australia.

“Ewaste is growing three times faster than any other type of waste so it’s important that the Bega Valley Shire and its community get behind this industry-funded collection and recycling service Drop Zone” Rose said.

Drop-off locations and dates

Site Address Dates Hours
Bega – Cleanaway
116 Kerrisons Lane,
South Bega
Monday 28th May 9.00am to 5.00pm
Merimbula Waste and Recycling Depot Red Hill Road off Saphire Coats Drive, Merimbula Saturday 26th May
Sunday 27th May
7.30am to 12noon,
1.00pm to 4:30pm
Eden Waste and Recycling depot Princess Highway, Eden Sunday 27th May 7.30am to 4.30pm
Bermagui Strudwicks Road, Bermagui Saturday 26th May
Sunday 27th May
10:00am to 2.30pm

 

Telephone inquiries:  02 6499 2189 (Bega Valley Shire) or 1300 439 278 (Drop Zone)

More information

Contact Rose or Jenny for images and media comment, as well as more information about Drop Zone and ewaste recycling.

Jenny Merity, Marketing Coordinator
Mobile: 0414 968 939  Email: jmerity@mri.com.au

Rose Read, CEO, MRI PSO
Mobile: 0418 216 364  Email: rread@mri.com.au

Web: Dropzone.org.au  Tel:  1300 439 278

Notes for Editors:

Drop Zone is run by MRI E-cycle Solutions and Australian owned e-waste and battery recycler and an approved co-regulatory arrangement under the National Television and Recycling Scheme (NTCRS). Operating since the early 1990s, MRI E-cycle Solutions has grown and diversified its operations and services from a Melbourne based e-waste processor to a nationwide provider of asset recovery, data destruction, e-waste / battery recycling and product stewardship services.